The City Manager and City Commission have identified the development of a Strategic Plan for the City of Lawrence as a key priority. A Strategic Plan is a document that outlines a systematic process for moving toward a vision in a manner that involves the development and prioritization of strategic goals along with measurable strategies and objectives. The city does not currently have a Strategic Plan.

The planning process is expected to conclude in March 2017, ahead of the 2018 budget deliberations.

As part of that process, the City Commission, staff and the city’s consultant will hold a retreat on January 13 and 14 and February 20 to kick-off the process and allow for conversation and development of key items for a strategic plan.

The retreats are open to the public but will primarily be a time for Commissioners and staff to provide input and discuss their thoughts. In between the January retreat sessions and the February session, public input will be sought for feedback based on the framework developed at the January 13 and 14 retreat. The public input will be shared with the City Commission at the February 20 meeting.

The dates/times for the retreat meetings are:

Friday, January 13 from 2 -6 p.m.
Saturday, January 14 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday, February 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

All of the meetings will be held at the BioScience and Technology Business Center on the KU West Campus, 2029 Becker Drive. The agenda for the January 13 and 14 retreat dates is now online.

Why is a strategic plan necessary? The city regularly uses planning tools like the Comprehensive Plan to guide the city’s growth in housing, transportation and land use. A Strategic Plan, when combined with other planning documents and community feedback, sets a clear path for moving a community forward. If the Strategic Plan is used accordingly, the plan will drive the budget discussions each year and ensure that projects, programs and services are aligned with the Strategic Plan’s set goals and outcomes. Once the Strategic Plan is complete, a comprehensive set of performance measures can be developed which ensures public funds are being used to meet community goals and priorities. Get involved with the Strategic Planning process to help set our vision and goals for the future!

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